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Bobcats down Oakdale, 11-5

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By Brody Jones

It might not have been glamorous, but the Oliver Springs Bobcats battled back after nearly blowing a six-run lead to take an 11-5 win over Oakdale Saturday afternoon. 

Oakdale started the game going three-up and three-down before the Bobcats brought home a couple of runs in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of Logan Crisp and Dakota Thompson scoring on wild pitches. 

In the bottom of the third inning, Alex Kelley hit an RBI single to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead then in the bottom of the fourth inning, the lead was doubled to 6-0 thanks to a two-run double by Cary Gann  then Gann came home off of a wild pitch. 

The Eagles made things interesting in the top of the fifth inning, driving home five runs to make the score 6-5 when Ryan Powers got an RBI off of an Oliver Springs error and Powers also later stole home. D.J. Currier had an RBI single and Blake Redmon had a two-run single as well. 

Oliver Springs enthusiastically slammed shut the Oakdale Eagles' window of opportunity courtesy of five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Dakota Thompson had an RBI single, Kelley had another RBI single, Matt Tinker had a sacrifice bunt, and Tanner Turpin added a two-run single to give the 'Cats an 11-5 lead, which is what the final score would be.

The 'Cats were led at the plate by Kelley (2-3, 2 RBI's, 1 walk) while Tanner Turpin (4 1/3 IP, 3 Ks, 2 walks, 6 hits, 3 ER) got credit for the win. 

Oakdale was led at the plate by Blake Redmon (3-3, 2 RBIs, 1 walk), Dylan Cox (2-3, 1 walk), and Tyler Bowling (2-4). 

 Ryan Powers (5 1/3, 8 Ks, 7 walks, 6 hits, 8 ER) was tallied with the loss.